Amazon Shopping Tips


Black Friday Shortages Are Real: Amazon Shopping Tips to Get What You Want and Still Save Money

The holiday shopping season arrives earlier every year. In 2021, it’s not only a retailer’s strategy to get you to spend more money. Supply chain disruptions and chip shortages mean buying specific items will be more challenging and more expensive.  

Before you pull out your wallet, clever crooks are after your hard-earned cash. Amazon text scams will only get worse as we get closer to December. Tap or click for ways to stop junk texts and spam that really work

Good old-fashioned robocalls are out in full force, too. If you pick up your phone and see an incoming call from this number, don’t answer

Here are proven ways to get the gifts you want while staying on your budget. 

1. Get a discount on brand-new tech

Take a look around your house. Do you have any older gadgets sitting around that you're not using anymore? Trading them in can get you Amazon credit or a decent discount on your next purchase. Even non-working devices can be eligible, so it's worth checking. 

To do that, visit the Trade-In page and choose the category for your device. You can browse by device and model to see what kind of credit you'll get. 

I have an old 1st Generation Amazon Echo sitting in my garage that powers on and doesn't have any defects. That will get me a $25 Amazon gift card. Not bad for something I haven't used in years. 

Speaking of Alexa, she can do a lot more than tell you the weather. Use the digital assistant to schedule meetings, set reminders and lots more. Tap or click here for 21 Alexa commands you’ll use over and over.

2. Request their wish lists now

Planning is tricky when you have no idea what to gift your family and friends. Instead of digging through text messages later, ask your loved ones to create Amazon wish lists.  

3. Use up dwindling gift cards

Looking through my wallet and desk drawers, I have a handful of Amazon gift cards with just a few bucks left on them. You might, too. Instead of tossing them out, add them to your account. Hey, every dollar counts. 

4. Use coupon codes to save even more

If you’re shopping on Amazon without using a browser extension or third-party site to help you score discounts, you’re doing it wrong. There are several solid options. 

  • Capital One Shopping provides easy coupon codes that instantly apply to your cart at checkout. You can even get exclusive rewards at your favorite stores and earn credits to redeem for gift cards.
  • The Camelcamelcamel extension track price drops on Amazon so you don’t have to keep refreshing.
  • The Honey browser extension can help you search for coupons on products sold by Amazon. It can also auto-apply discounts right when you check out.

You can even set a GoogleAlert if there’s a specific product you’re on the hunt for. Tap or click here and scroll down to "Keep track going forward" for simple steps.

5. Get Amazon Prime at a discount

Amazon Prime is pricey, especially if you don’t use it much. If you order often, it’s worth it in shipping costs alone.Tap or click for all the other perks that make it worth the money.

Now, let’s address spoilers.

You don’t want to waste time and cash on a big surprise that gets ruined before you open gifts. 

6. Hide your searches

There’s nothing worse than when our tech blabs on us. Take pesky targeted ads. Say I buy my husband a watch. There’s a good chance we’ll both start getting ads for it since we share an IP address.Tap or click here for a simple trick to stop that: Incognito mode

On Amazon.com, your search history may give you away. It’s smart to remove gifts from your browsing history. Hover your cursor over Account & Lists. Under Your Account, click on Browsing History. A list of items you've looked at will appear. For each thing that you want to hide, tap Remove from view. 

You can turn off browsing history altogether, too. At the top of that page, click Manage history. Toggle Browsing History off.

7. Hide your orders, too

Once you hit buy on a present, you can keep that under wraps, too. 

Hover your cursor over Account & Lists > Your Account and click on Orders. Find the order you want to hide and click Archive Order. This will remove the item from immediate viewing within your order history. 

It's important to note; archived orders can still be viewed by going to the Your Account page and selecting Archived Orders. 

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